IRL: Kentucky: AGR/Herta qualifying report

Archipelago/Motorola driver Herta to start 13th at Kentucky SPARTA, Ky. (Aug. 16, 2003) -- Bryan Herta will start 13th in tomorrow's Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Herta lapped the 1.5-mile oval in the ...

Archipelago/Motorola driver Herta to start 13th at Kentucky

SPARTA, Ky. (Aug. 16, 2003) -- Bryan Herta will start 13th in tomorrow's Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Herta lapped the 1.5-mile oval in the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone at 216.854 miles per hour.

Herta and the Archipelago/Motorola crew worked on the car's race setup during today's practice sessions to ensure a fast car for tomorrow. Experience may play in to Herta's hands tomorrow as he won at a very similar track, Kansas Speedway, in July.

Two-time defending Indy Racing League IndyCar SeriesTM champion Sam Hornish Jr. won the MBNA Pole Award with a speed at 219.614 miles per hour. Chip Ganassi Racing' Scott Dixon was the second quickest in today's qualifying, logging a best lap at 219.358 miles per hour. Helio Castroneves will start third after his lap of 219.309 miles per hour. Herta's teammate Tony Kanaan will start 11th in the Team 7- Eleven machine after running a lap of 217.453 miles per hour, while teammate Dan Wheldon will start on the outside of Herta, qualifying 14th with a speed of 216.709 miles per hour.

The 200-lap Belterra Casino Indy 300 will air live on ABC Sports at 2 p.m. (EDT) tomorrow. The half-hour Indy Racing 2Day will air live at 12 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2.

Bryan Herta, #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"The Archipelago/Motorola car gave me two good laps. We tried some different gearing strategies on the different laps and that is all we had. I think we have a really good car for tomorrow and that seems to be the pattern this year for us -- we qualify just okay, but move to the front during the race."

Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Archipelago/Motorola

"It is just a regular race weekend for us. We are more worried about our race car, so we spend a lot of time in practice on that. When we get into qualifying Bryan seems to be able to get a little more out the car and even with that we qualified mid- pack, but we'll be okay for tomorrow."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing